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Here’s The Most Useful Thing To Know About Lemon Juice

A hand-held juicer comes in handy for juicing just a lemon or two, and a medium lemon has about 3 tablespoons of juice.

Get The Juicy, Zesty Facts About Lemons

I love lemons and I use a lot of them, not only in the kitchen but in plenty of homemade cleaning concoctions too. And since lemon juice is a fairly common ingredient in both cooking and cleaning recipes, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s come across a recipe that called for “the juice of a lemon” and thought, “But how much juice is in a lemon?”

That’s one of the lemon-scented mysteries we’ll get to the bottom of in this post. So let’s get started!

A medium lemon will yield about 3 tablespoons of juice.

How Much Juice Is In A Lemon?

While the amount of juice generally depends on the size of the lemon in question, a medium lemon will generally yield about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. So if you were substituting bottled or frozen lemon juice for fresh juice in a recipe, you could use 3 tablespoons of either in place of the “juice of one lemon”.

But some recipes call for a specific amount of juice, so it also helps to know about how many lemons you’ll need to get a certain amount of juice. Around 3 medium lemons will give you 1/2 cup of lemon juice, and 5 medium lemons should give you 1 cup of lemon juice.

How Much Juice Is In A Lemon?

  • 1 medium lemon will yield around 3 tablespoons of juice
  • 3 Tbsp = 1.5 oz = 44 mL = 45 grams = 1/5 cup
This hand-held lemon juicer is easy to use and gets all the juice out with no seeds.

How To Get The Most Juice From A Lemon

When shopping for lemons, look for ones that yield when you squeeze them — that’s a sign of a juicy lemon! When you’re ready to juice it, use my tried-and-true technique for getting the most juice out of citrus, which involves zapping it in your microwave.

There’s no shortage of useful juicing tools on the market too. I like this 2-in-1 hand juicer because it’s compact, extracts juice with ease, and keeps the seeds contained! (If you don’t have a juicer, your hands will work fine too — just squeeze the lemon over a fine mesh sieve to catch any seeds.)

Make sure you zest your lemon before you cut it or juice it. One lemon will give you about a tablespoon of zest.

How Much Zest Is In A Lemon?

In addition to yielding about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, a medium lemon will also give you about 1 tablespoon of lemon zest. (Note that it’s a lot easier to zest a lemon before cutting or juicing it!)

Only need lemon juice right now? Zest the lemon anyway and freeze it to use later. Use a microplane or the smallest holes on your grater to remove the zest, and try to collect only the yellow zest rather than the (bitter) white pith.

Wondering if lemons are healthy? You can get the complete nutrition facts on lemons from the USDA.

You would get about two cups of lemon juice from these twelve medium lemons.

If you love lemons like I do, check out these delicious recipes:

What’s your favorite way to use lemons?

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  • Good information.,We have a few recipes that call for lemon juice. I just wish the acid wasn’t so hard on my poor hands.. We just use an old fashioned juicer.m l definitely want to look for a juicer like the one pictured .l’ve made lemon cookie, a version of Starbucks Lemon bread. My mother makes a dessert – an old family recipe that uses the lemon juice and egg whites and yolks frozen. It’s kind of like a Custard.

  • A trick I have learned for using that juicing tool is to cut off the top and bottom of the lemon if it’s big and it will be easier to squeeze. I have an improved Meyer lemon tree and sometimes the lemons get huge. We bought an orange juice squeezer instead. You can also quarter them if they’re too big.
    For Eureka and other lemons that are generally harder skinned, leaving them out a few days often makes them softer and juicier.

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